Sparty & Friends South Africa World Cup Report

Photos Courtesy of www.chrisallanphoto.photoshelter.com/

We’ve added a South African correspondent for the World Cup.  I linked his pictures in the comments section of today’s The Morning After, but wanted to give the full story behind the pics.  My good buddy, we’ll call him “G,” here in Jacksonville is from South Africa and sent me the following this morning:

This is one of my best Mates back home who is a professional photographer. Read his quick email and then click on the link to see pictures of a street parade…African style.

Enjoy,
“G”

Here’s the story behind the photos, and hopefully, we’ll be able to continue receiving reports from the heart of the World Cup throughout the next month!

This morning I was woken by the sound of a lonely vuvuzela. In a toneless, one-note rythm, it announced to the world that it is the day before the biggest sporting event in the world.
 
It was before 7 am and this musically inclined fellow was on his way to work, winding his way through the suburbs with soccer on his brain and a grin on his face.
 
As I pried my eyelids apart, and groaned my way into consciousness, the events of the day before came rushing back:
 
It is 11:50 am and the Sandton business district has shut down for an expected bus parade by Bafana Bafana.
 
Roads become rivers of yellow and green, dancing breaks out sporadically, and every second person is blowing on a vuvuzela. Sandton Gucci and Prada mommies dance next to burka clad muslim mothers and chuckling mafuta mammas. Kids stand on concrete bins, perch in trees, and even climb on top of cheerful metro police officer’s vans to get a better view of adult madness. Cars have been abandoned in the gridlock, drivers having joined the party, and offices along the sides of the road have hundreds of employees leaning off the balconies waving flags.
 
As I wound my way along through the soccer-mad mardi-gras, clicking away madly with my camera, my heart was pounding and my face ached from smiling. I dodged groups of 30 or so self appointed “gees administrators“, moved up and down the road with banners saying “Bafana Bafana we love you!” and “11 players, 1 heartbeat, one nation!” Every now and then they would stop and middle-aged makarapa-wearing CEO’s joined streetsweepers in dance and song: “Make the circle beeeega, make the circle beeeega!”
 
It was magic.
 
I am not going to say anything else, check out the pics on the link below…
 
http://chrisallanphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/It-is-here/G0000VmHu9WoeWYo
 
What I will say is that if I am woken up not by melodious birdsong, but by a toneless vuvuzela every morning for the next 11 weeks… I will be ok with that.
 
Have a great day.

Chris

  • jp manahan

    230am local time in Manila: Uruguay vs Les Blues.

  • cabbage

    Your correspondent Chris can really write.

    S&F going global.

    • Johnny

      Your correspondent Chris can really write.S&F going global.  

      S&F has been global for a good while now with JP

      • http://spartyandfriends.com sparty

        S&F has been global for a good while now with JP

        who?

        • Johnny

          who?  

          the Monday Morning TMA guy

      • sae

        S&F has been global for a good while now with JP  (Quote)

        hell, we’ve been universal. gitc is from another planet

        • http://www.spartyandfriends.com patphish

          hell, we’ve been universal. gitc is from another planet  (Quote)

          +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

          • TheSignofTheGay

            +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++  (Quote)

            AHHHH…the Sign of the Gay!

          • http://www.spartyandfriends.com patphish

            AHHHH…the Sign of the Gay!  (Quote)

            Fuck you Trey.

  • cbh49er

    So hyped to get up early as hell tomorrow morning, hit the bar and drink all day, watching soccer.

    I was hoping the buzzing would be gone after everyone complained about it in the Confederations Cup last year, no such luck.

  • cabbage

    Call me old school, but I thought you were supposed to lick a vuvuzela.

    • knightwhosaysni

      Call me old school, but I thought you were supposed to lick a vuvuzela.  (Quote)

      somebody has to give cabbage a +1 for that. So I will. +1

  • cbh49er

    How did JP end up in the GITC shit list?

    • jp manahan

      How did JP end up in the GITC shit list?  

      Sparty has had issues with my posting time. Something i have been working on. At least this wont be an issue when you have to move your clock.

      • Johnny

        Sparty has had issues with my posting time. Something i have been working on. At least this wont be an issue when you have to move your clock.  

        We’ve already moved our clocks for the summer. Won’t touch them again until the fall

        And for the record your posting time has been fine for those further west of the eastern time zone in the states as it’s been up before i got to work each monday

  • Johnny
    • http://spartyandfriends.com mizerle06

      tj

      Boise to the Mountain West

      /tj  (Quote)

      WHOA! I can’t believe this! What a seismic occurrance! Texas and Oklahoma are sure to follow.

  • http://spartyandfriends.com mizerle06

    please tell me Boise is going to keep that historic rivalry with Idaho alive…pleeeeeeeeeeeeease don’t sell out, Boise!

    • Johnny

      please tell me Boise is going to keep that historic rivalry with Idaho alive…pleeeeeeeeeeeeease don’t sell out, Boise!  

      It doesn’t appear that the Idaho legislature was strong enough to package the pair

      • http://spartyandfriends.com mizerle06

        It doesn’t appear that the Idaho legislature was strong enough to package the pair  (Quote)

        the Idaho legislature didn’t have…the potatoes?

        • Johnny

          the Idaho legislature didn’t have…the potatoes?  

          Too busy making vodka

  • http://www.ACLU.org ACLU

    We’ve had a complaint with this website’s writers badgering another writer about his sexuality. Expect legal action, with lots of testimony. And not just any testimony, testimony with PIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII-ZAZ

  • john

    Sparty has had issues with my posting time. Something i have been working on. At least this wont be an issue when you have to move your clock.  

    We’re moving our clocks to Philippines’ time?

  • Philippines’ time

    Please don’t I cannot use another clock in this place.

  • http://spartyandfriends.com sparty

    i am just messing with jp. he’s all good.

    • http://www.spartyandfriends.com patphish

      i am just messing with jp. he’s all good.  (Quote)

      /Monday TMA is a bitch, please don’t quit

      • http://spartyandfriends.com sparty

        /Monday TMA is a bitch, please don’t quit

        why do you think i hired spencer?

        • sae

          why do you think i hired spencer?  (Quote)

          gov’t kickbacks for creating a job?

          • http://www.spartyandfriends.com patphish

            gov’t kickbacks for creating a job?  (Quote)

            That’s why he keeps GITC, retard incentive.

        • http://spartyandfriends.com mizerle06

          why do you think i hired spencer?  (Quote)

          to ease the posting pressure off of Patphish and BigD?

          • http://www.spartyandfriends.com patphish

            to ease the posting pressure off of Patphish and BigD?  (Quote)

            2 posts in a week and suddenly you’re Stephen King prolofic?

          • http://spartyandfriends.com mizerle06

            2 posts in a week and suddenly you’re Stephen King prolofic?  (Quote)

            4 today, ass.

          • http://www.spartyandfriends.com patphish

            4 today, ass.  (Quote)

            2 of which you didn’t write, hat.

          • Johnny

            4 today, ass.  

            3 though as one you just put online and didn’t write the material

          • http://spartyandfriends.com mizerle06

            3 though as one you just put online and didn’t write the material  (Quote)

            2 of which you didn’t write, hat.  (Quote)

            futile argument, fellers…the name’s on all four.

          • http://www.spartyandfriends.com patphish

            futile argument, fellers…the name’s on all four.  (Quote)

            Not for long.

          • http://spartyandfriends.com mizerle06

            Not for long.  (Quote)

            NOOOOOOOOOO!

  • http://www.spartyandfriends.com patphish

    What the hell is prolofic?

  • http://spartyandfriends.com sparty

    not for nothing, but miz’s posting is long and distinguished. kinda like my johnson.

    /Slider’d

  • cabbage

    the opposite of antilofic?

  • Johnny

    Texas is blaming Nebraska for the demise of the Big 12 and Nebraska is blaming Missouri

    • http://spartyandfriends.com mizerle06

      Texas is blaming Nebraska for the demise of the Big 12 and Nebraska is blaming Missouri  (Quote)

      I blame France.

    • http://www.spartyandfriends.com patphish

      Texas is blaming Nebraska for the demise of the Big 12 and Nebraska is blaming Missouri  (Quote)

      It’ll end being Obama’s fault.

      • Johnny

        It’ll end being Obama’s fault.  

        why not everything else is

        • http://spartyandfriends.com sparty

          why not everything else is

          Barry sucks. wake up.

          • http://www.spartyandfriends.com patphish

            Barry sucks. wake up.  (Quote)

            Take it outside gentlemen.

          • http://spartyandfriends.com sparty

            Take it outside gentlemen.

            *looks up at banner and url, looks at screen name looks back at pat’s comment, raises eye brow, looks back at banner and url, looks at screen name, looks back at pat’s comment….*

          • http://www.spartyandfriends.com patphish

            *looks up at banner and url, looks at screen name looks back at pat’s comment, raises eye brow, looks back at banner and url, looks at screen name, looks back at pat’s comment….*  (Quote)

            Spencer can write Sunday TMA too.

  • Johnny

    They want to start playing in 2011 and Administrators and coaches both voted unanimously to join the big 10

  • http://spartyandfriends.com mizerle06

    ornery and cantankerous in here…

  • http://spartyandfriends.com sparty

    trey finally getting you to quit?

    • http://www.spartyandfriends.com patphish

      trey finally getting you to quit?  (Quote)

      Quiting? I don’t even work here.

      /Kramer’d

  • http://spartyandfriends.com sparty

    Izzo meeting with team right now…oh no…

    • sae

      Izzo meeting with team right now…oh no…  (Quote)

      “boys, i’m going to take a page out of chris peterson’s playbook. i was going to cleveland but just to piss on an ‘idiot blog’ i’m sticking around”

  • Johnny

    Are they playing this game under powerlines or is there a swarm of angry bees?

    • knightwhosaysni

      Are they playing this game under powerlines or is there a swarm of angry bees?  (Quote)

      It’s the sound of the French sucking.